Unilever (UL) has become the latest prominent business to implement the four-day workweek movement; they considered that flexible working is here to stay. On November 24, 2020, the supplier of the three big brands today (Lipton’s tea, Dove soap and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream) affirmed it would consider less working hours for all its workers in New Zealand, letting them pick which four days they would prefer working each week. The test began this month and would run for a year. The consumer giant has 81 staff members in the country, who would be allowed to work reduced schedules with full pay as the University of Technology Sydney in Australia maintains a record of their progress.

Unilever told that if all runs well, the company will reevaluate whether to create drastic changes to its workflow. Unilever is not the first company to utilize the method in New Zealand. In 2018, Perpetual Guardian, which helps clients to manage their wills and properties also did a two-month attempt of the idea. The company declared that it was so prosperous, it later considered making it permanent. Nick Bangs, managing director of Unilever New Zealand, pronounced that his team was inspired by the results from that research, and had started to consider the conventional ways of working are outdated.